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Play is an important part of children's learning and development. Find articles on how to intentionally connect play and learning, ideas to share with families, and the latest research about learning and play.

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February 21, 2017

11 Reasons to Take the Kids Outside

When the kids are sad or too loud or when fights break out, taking the kids outside seems to fix everything, especially if running water, sand or soil is involved.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Message in a Backpack™ Bubbles: Family Play Plan

Support your child’s learning with bubble play! Watch your child play to see what interests him. It’ll also help you figure out what questions to ask to expand his learning.
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Preschool Play Plans: Bubbling Over with Fun!

This is the first article in a TYC series, Preschool Play Plans, to get children moving, interacting, and laughing—without electronics.

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Authored by: Blakely Bundy, ​Diane E. Levin
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Swings!

Back and forth, back and forth—the swings on our school playground are always in use. But did you know that swinging is much more than just fun? There are many benefits that make swinging an important childhood activity.

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Authored by: Condie Ward
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Mud: Explore and Learn

June 29th is International Mud Day but you can play and learn with mud all year long!
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Explore the Great Outdoors with Your Child

For a child, everything is new—even the tiniest things are interesting and exciting. In today’s entertainment-driven world, exploring the outdoors is an opportunity for children to actively engage in learning. Here are a few steps to explore outdoors.
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Young Children
March 1, 2015

Ten Things Children Learn From Block Play

In this article, NAEYC staff and Young Children consulting editors answer the question, “What do you think children learn through block play?” Here are some responses.

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Authored by: Derry Koralek
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Playful Math

Attend this webinar on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 to learn tips for how to incorporate play into math curriculum.
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TYC December/January 2018
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Teaching Young Children
Vol. 11, No. 2
December 1, 2017

December/January 2018

Play with Patterns & Creative Finds
TYC December/January 2018 Issue
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